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Smith admits Rangers underdogs in all Champions League ties

Rangers chief Walter Smith claims Rangers cannot be considered favourites for any of their Champions League games - home or away. The Scottish champions finished bottom of their section last season after failing to earn a single point a home and, as far as Smith is concerned, that record means they can take nothing for granted this time.

"I don't think after the home form last season we could go into any game in the Champions League as the favoured team," said Smith.

"We would hope we would do better at home this season. We need to achieve a far better balance between our attacking and defending than we have so far.

"All we have to do is concentrate on better performances at home this season than we had last season, that's the main objective from our own point of view.

"Our away form last season, for the Champions League, wasn't too bad. It was our home form that was really disappointing and we have to make sure that we make the adjustment.

"The home games have been the problem for us. Having two home games coming up can be looked upon as an advantage but, in our case, we have to make that way.

"If we are hoping to have European football, of any kind, after Christmas we have to adjust the home form and that starts with Wednesday night's game."

Rangers boast a 100% record so far in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League but Smith says a different approach is needed when facing European opposition.

He said: "We have started well enough in a domestic sense. Going into the Champions League is a step up in level, there is no doubt about that, and you have to make adjustments to that.

"I don't think just now that Scottish clubs, or clubs in smaller countries, can play against the top European sides without having to make a certain adjustment to how they play.

"I don't think we could approach Champions League games as we would do our average SPL game.

"We will make the necessary adjustment at home and that adjustment will be the better balance between our attacking and defending.

"We certainly can't go and play tomorrow night in the manner that we did against Manchester United."

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